SPOILERS FOLLOW FOR THE ENTIRE BOOK
...also, a very, very long post. Sorry! I have so many questions...
Logan, Caithe, and Rytlock come across a broken asura gate. By carefully manipulating some of the broken pieces back into place, they are able to cause the gate to activate for a short time so they can escape through it. Except...the gate keeps shorting out and connecting to random other gates, showing images of where it connects: "…a grassy plain where wild horses ran…a deep lagoon encircled by leaning palms…a great glacier with snowcapped peaks in blue…a sere desert where crystalline statues stood […] a deep rain forest…a hamlet in a hanging valley…a bustling harbor jammed with junks…a white city with gleaming spires… [...] A desolate tundra…a deep-hewn canyon…a storm-tossed sea… [...] …a smoldering battlefield…a calving glacier…a trackless swamp…” and finally changes to a venting volcano, a desert (again), and a grassy plain, where all three adventurers jump through and land outside of Lion's Arch. Okay...asura gates do not work that way. Waypoints do (I think), but not asura gates. You need another gate on the destination side, and both gates must be precisely calibrated (insert Mass Effect joke here) to each other. In Ghosts of Ascalon, there's even a minor plot point about how recalibrating an asura gate to connect to another existing gate for a very short period of time (thirty seconds) is incredibly difficult and requires a full krewe of asura to work on it. Yet here, the asura gate somehow connects to the ocean, a volcano, a battlefield, what may or may not have been Cantha...was that just one huge gaping plot hole, or can a malfunctioning asura gate actually connect to other (presumably already calibrated) gates for brief periods of time? (Sorry for the rambling and confusing question!)
The big plan at the end of the book, in the final battle, is to stab Kralkatorrik with the magic spear made from its blood. Rytlock is carrying the spear and running on foot to where Kralkatorrik is writhing on the ground, thanks to Snaff mind-controlling it into submission. So that implies that the spear is roughly average size (Rytlock can apparently carry it with ease). Even in Edge of Destiny, Kralkatorrik is described as having "miles-long" wings, implying that its size is similar to how it actually appears in-game. Trying to kill a dragon that obscenely enormous with a spear that small is like trying to stab a blue whale with a sewing needle. So how on earth was that thing going to kill Kralkatorrik?
Dylan and Logan's rivalry. I still have no idea why Dylan was so antagonistic towards Logan (to the point of trying to injure him in what was supposedly sparring practice). Was he disappointed that his brother wasn't following in his footsteps, instead becoming a lowly mercenary?
At the climax of the book, Jennah saves the day by conjuring a MASSIVE illusion of Kralkatorrik returning to make his newly-Branded forces withdraw. Uhh...well, let’s examine how large that illusion was. It had to contain a roughly life-size image of Kralkatorrik itself…so that is, in and of itself, miles long. There was a gigantic storm surrounding the illusion, as well, so that’s probably a few more miles of illusion in all directions. There’s sound - the arrival of the storm and the scream of an Elder Dragon. The illusion reaches every single Branded creature’s mind simultaneously. The illusion appears to rain corrupting power down from the sky and turn all the combined good guys (Seraph, Ebon Vanguard, allied charr) to stone so the Branded think they've won…and is powerful enough that the good guys don’t even realize it’s not real: Logan's narration explicitly notes that he thought he was becoming a minion of Kralkatorrik, and forgot to breathe (when the illusion fades, Logan and everyone around him is momentarily disoriented; some people are so confused and shaky that they just collapse). The illusion is also moving rapidly south, and continues doing so for quite some distance, as it is still visible in a storm moving back south. The Branded minions immediately go to follow it, utterly convinced they are following their master Kralkatorrik. Jennah did this all by herself, and she wasn't even breathing hard afterwards (she gave a short speech, actually, showing no sign of fatigue). ...how is that even possible? Is Jennah just that astoundingly powerful?
Faolain tells Caithe that Kralkatorrik will rise and that another dragon champion (Glint) prepares for it. When asked how she knows this, Faolain's answer is: "The same way you know. We watch." ...who is "we"? The Nightmare Court? But how did they know about Glint and Kralkatorrik? Everyone else on Tyria mistook Kralkatorrik for a mountain, and Glint was thought to be a friend to humanity, so how would anyone connect the dots between Glint being a (former) champion of Kralkatorrik? (Furthermore, when Destiny's Edge actually meets Glint, Glint tells them all off for trusting "a wretch from the Nightmare Court." How did Glint know about the Nightmare Court, Faolain's involvement in it, and what Faolain told them? Nobody had mentioned anything about the sylvari before then.)
When Rytlock returns to the Black Citadel, he's assigned "menial labor," presumably becoming a gladium. An overseer insults him, so he kills the overseer...and takes his rank. A legionnaire is the next idiot to insult him, so he kills the legionnaire and takes his rank. The book says "Let a centurion call him a friend to humans, and Rytlock would rise again." Is that actually how charr can advance in rank? (In the Blood Legion charr storyline, that DOES happen...because the person deposing the legionnaire is the only logical person to take over their rank, with the explicit approval of the authorities overseeing the fight.) But does that just happen all the time? ...yikes, does that mean legionnaires, centurions, Tribunes, etc. are constantly fending off assassination attempts?
When Jennah calls Logan to her, he reacts like he's been possessed - his every thought, every action (even in the midst of tending to his dying brother!) are solely about protecting the queen. Why this level of devotion? He IMMEDIATELY drops EVERYTHING (including planning for the mountain-sized dragon hurtling in their direction) to go to Jennah. Did he do that of his own free will, or did Jennah - via the mental link she had previously established (which was basically forced on Logan) - psychically compel/mind-control him to come to her?
A general question, not related to Edge of Destiny - why does everybody keep mispronouncing sylvari names? It's not NIGH-am, it's NEEV (Niamh). Faolain isn't FOW-lan, but FWEE-lahn. Trahearne isn't tra-HERN, but trah-HAY-irn. Though, granted, the latter two names are derived from real-world names - Faolán and Trahaearn (or Traherne), respectively. (Also, Faolán is a purely masculine name...) Since Irish and Gaelic and Welsh do not exist in Tyria, are these genuinely the way those names are pronounced in this fantasy world?
fear not this night
you will not go astray